Disappointment in the Shape of a Muffin

by Cate on August 19, 2005

Went to the grocery store tonight and remembered that I needed to buy poppy seeds to make the aforementioned Lemon Poppyseed Muffins. $3.79 for just a little tiny container of it, and doubling the muffin recipe, I used half of it already — geesh! Made the muffins and waited patiently for the 18 minutes for them to bake, and impatiently for the 10 minutes cooling time, and just tried one. Um, no. Not a repeater. In fact, not even going to post the picture I took of them, nor the recipe. Not sure what’s wrong with the recipe, but it produced a very dense, bland muffin. Found the recipe online, and the poster said it was a combination of several recipes that she came up with. They’re also a very odd shape — didn’t rise properly and if you turn it over, on the bottom of each and every muffin is a small indented hole. Bad. So much so that it’s pretty safe to say they’re heading for the trash. Can’t win ’em all. Think of all the calories I’m saving everyone. ;) Next!

The Husband and Nicholas were out for the afternoon and dinner, so I was left to my own devices, which meant leftover tortellini, which was fine by me. I’m trying to get better at using up leftovers, but every time I turn around, the refrigerator is full again. We still have one piece of Aussie Chicken, the homemade Macaroni and Cheese, dinner The Husband made last night, some salad, and even some pizza from Sunday. Most of it should probably be pitched, and will be tomorrow. See, the thing is, pretty much year-round, The Husband has what is, in polite terms, a voracious appetite, so a term like “leftovers” doesn’t really exist in our house. But come Summer and with it, 100+ degree weather, he eats less. Hence, the full refrigerator.

The September 2005 issue of Food & Wine magazine is all about the Asian culture … restaurants, recipes, web sites, traditions and more. I’ve ripped out a few recipes already that looked really good, particularly a Thai lobster one that might make the Christmas Eve dinner table (yes, I’m thinking ahead), so you might want to check it out when you have a chance.

Tana at Small Farms Blog has put together a great map of food bloggers. I think it’s fairly new, so not everyone is up yet, but it’s pretty amazing to see how far reaching the food blogging community is, covering the US, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sweden, the UK, France, Canada, Germany and even Kuala Lumpur. Every time I check back in, there are a few more pins on the map … a great geography lesson, that’s for sure. So for any of my food-blogger readers, if you haven’t added yourself, get on it. :)

Company coming for dinner tomorrow. I’ve already decided on the main course, just need to round out the rest of the meal. Tune in tomorrow to see what hits the table. Until then…

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Stephanie August 19, 2005 at 2:21 am

I’ve already started planning Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners!

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Cate August 19, 2005 at 2:27 am

Glad to see I’m not the only crazy one, although I seem to have skipped over Thanksgiving. The Feast of Seven Fishes for Christmas Eve is more fun, although I love planning for both. ;)

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Joe August 19, 2005 at 3:02 am

Sorry to hear about the muffins! Hopefully it wasent an expensive trash filler!

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Jennifer August 19, 2005 at 5:03 am

I really enjoyed this the September Food and Wine. Especially the sushi do’s and don’ts.

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Clare Eats August 19, 2005 at 11:42 am

Gotta hate that! nothing worse, at least I wont have to contend with burnt on the outside and raw in the middle anylonger :)

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Randi August 19, 2005 at 1:55 pm

if you have a bulk food store by you, check out the poppy seeds there. i got lots of them really cheap.

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